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Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development, Connected Cities Lab, The University of Melbourne

Alexei is based at the University of Melbourne's Connected Cities Lab as a Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development, and coordinate the Future Cities Research Cluster at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. His current research focuses on how cities can best contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as urban climate resilience and adaptation planning in Pacific Small Island Developing States.

Formerly employed at RMIT University's Global Cities Research Institute, Alexei has managed a range of climate change adaptation research projects across the Asia-Pacific region and held a research associate position with the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme. He led development of an Urban Resilience and Climate Adaptation Plan for Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, and Port Vila, Vanuatu, and have an ongoing interest in the development of integrated climate change adaptation methodologies.

He is a Scientific Advisor to the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative in the Pacific region, and was previously a Visiting Scientist at the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany. Alexei's PhD was based at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College, at the University of Melbourne, and examined how informal settlements in Pacific Small Island Developing States interacted with Climate Resilient Development initiatives in post-disaster settings.


  • 2020–present
    Research Fellow - Sustainable Urban Development, Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne
  • 2017–present
    Future Cities Coordinator, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute,, University of Melbourne
  • 2012–2016
    Research Associate, Climate Change Adaptation Program, RMIT University
  • 2011–2012
    Policy Officer, Office of the Commissioner of Sustainability and the Environment


  • 2010 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability) (Honours)